Drought dries up much of France

12th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 11 (AF) - More than two-thirds of France is suffering from a drought that has forced authorities to limit the use of water for agriculture and led to regional bans on filling pools, washing cars or running garden sprinklers, the ecology ministry said Thursday.

PARIS, Aug 11 (AF) - More than two-thirds of France is suffering from a drought that has forced authorities to limit the use of water for agriculture and led to regional bans on filling pools, washing cars or running garden sprinklers, the ecology ministry said Thursday.

Conditions were "severe" in areas in western France, the ministry said, adding that further restrictions may follow if no rain relief comes.

A national drought crisis committee of weather exerts, consumer and farming grous and government officials met Thursday to take stock of the situation.

The ecology ministry said in a statement that a study of water use over the last 60 years showed that rainfall had been largely inadequate to meet demand in most of the country, with only the central eastern art of France -- which benefits from Aline runoff -- being spared.

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